Here are several ways to draw close to God. As you read through these methods, understand that they are not written in any specific order and everyone has a different journey.
In his letter, James states: “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” (James 4:8) The author informs us that if we turn from our sins and open our hearts all while seeking the Lord, God will draw near. The message is plain and simple but the question still remains…how do we actually draw near to God?
Get To Know Jesus
If you want to draw close to God, you have to know Jesus. God calls us to believe in Jesus. He wants us to acknowledge that Jesus is the Son of God and He died for all of us so that we may be saved. He also wants us to affirm that Jesus rose from the grave and now is seated at the right hand of God. Not one person can deny Jesus and claim that they know God.
God wants a pure heart so that is what you have to give Him. In order to accept Jesus, you must believe with your heart that He truly is the Son of God. You must also admit that you are a sinner and will do what is required to turn away from each and every single sin. While on your knees with your eyes closed and arms open wide, verbally invite the Lord into your heart. Welcome the Holy Spirit and tell Jesus that you are you are a sinner. Ask and thank Him for forgiveness. Also say to Him that you believe that He died for you and that you trust Him to lead your life down a much more promising path. Just simply talk to Him and let Him know the confessions of your heart. Open your heart for Him to become your Lord and Savior. Draw near to God with a sincere heart.
Get In The Water
As a believer in Jesus, your journey should include baptism to continue to draw near to God. Baptism represents death, burial and resurrection and you will also raise from your watery grave just as Jesus did. Completely immersed in the water, you die to your old self and leave behind your dark and sinful past. Leave it all behind and commit to live obediently to Him!
Get The Word
Be certain to get a Bible in your hands. There are literally thousands of different types of Bibles to choose from which may seem overwhelming at first. Don’t worry, it’s ok to be picky! You can always go with a digital version but nothing beats holding a physical Bible in your hands and flipping through the pages of God’s holy word. To begin searching for a Bible, try making a list of wants such as translation, print size, cover color, tabbed index, red letters…the list goes on. For my first Bible, I thought that it would be really cool to own a white one so I quickly found a thumb-indexed, King James version online. When the Bible arrived, it unfortunately had a pretty girly design on it and King James was really difficult for me to read. Since then, I’ve chosen a new manlier, gray NIV Thinline Bible that I am much more comfortable with. I’ve also picked up a nice, NIV Zondervan Study Bible which has tons of information to consume. Again, take your time to choose a Bible because you are going to read and keep it for a very long time. The Bible, without a doubt, will help you draw closer to God.
Get To Praying
Prayer is your opportunity to talk with God and should not be avoided. How can you get close to someone if you don’t talk to them? Pray to God in every moment of the day. Spend time alone with God and without distraction. Create a prayer room and go there for absolute peace while talking with the Lord. When you go into your prayer room, don’t forget your prayer journal so that you can keep track of all the great things that God is doing in your life. Whether you are asking Him for something or thanking Him for everything, pray to God in the name of Jesus and He will pull you in closer to Him.
Get To A Church
You need to be around other believers and a church is perfect place to find them. This gives you a great opportunity to share your story and also to confess that you are a believer and follower of Christ. Search around to locate a good Spirit lead, Bible based church that believes that the entire Bible is God’s unfailing word and is the final authority on everything. Seek God’s counsel and let Him lead you to where you are called.
Joining a church will not only give you a great opportunity to fellowship with other Christians, but you also have an opportunity to serve there. To begin serving the Lord at church, consider joining a committee where your God given talents and traits will be put to use. Ask the church leaders where they may need help and God will guide you. God calls us to serve everywhere we go so it’s important to understand that the church is not the only place.
Get Fed And Stay Hungry
Besides a weekly sermon at church or a Bible study, you need to be constantly fed the word. You can do this by listening to music, watching trustworthy lessons online, cool websites like this one or even watch preachers on television.
Some tv/web preachers that I personally enjoy watching are Joyce Meyer, Dr. Charles Stanley, John Gray, John Hagee and TD Jakes. Look them up and give them a listen or discover others on your own.
Listen to some wholesome Christian music. When I wasn’t a believer, I swore up and down that I would never listen to Christian music. Now, that’s just about all that I listen to because I get so much more of God through it compared to secular music. For new, contemporary Christian music, press play and try KLOVE.
Get Going And Stay Focused
We live in the age of distractions. Satan has a plot and many traps to keep you away from God. You must fight! Constantly ask God to help keep you focused on Him and put Him first in everything that you do. Seek His face all of your days and you will indeed draw closer to God.